Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:07 AM
From what I gather it is not a goto in itself but does allow you to use your computer as a goto controller. Also located the following free software to use in conjunction with it....
I have gemini on my G11 but not on my GM8 and given the new higher pricing of the upgrade while I really like the gemini I am not sure I like it that much
This looks like it might be a viable alternative for my purposes or anyone else who might not want to pay more than they did for the mount (GM8) for a goto for it.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:04 PM
I prefer the gemini over anything else but they dont pop up used very often (without mount) because most people who have the gemini arent looking to change. I am in the case of my GM-8 however unwilling to plop down $1700 for a goto upgrade. I would come out way ahead just selling the mount and buying another one with gemini on it already.....an option not entirely lost on me......
Did you also look at the offering by SiTech? It's offered on the higher end MI mounts.
It allows you to use an Argo Navis as one example with your mount.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:36 PM
Good luck in your quest.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:01 AM
As a budding imager i always have my Laptop with me, so to me stand alone is not an issue.
Another alternative is the Littlefoot system by Rajiva
This will work with the exisiting hurst stepper motors, but slew speed will be limited. There are options out there to add stepper better stepper mottors to the G-11. In fact in europe there are several Stepper motor goto systems, FS2, boxdorfer, etc.
There is a yahoo group for the Sitech and many people have converted various mounts to sitech. There a number of G-11 Sitech users. Some using DIY pittman servo motor solutions. Another option is to use Sitech with the higher power MAxon motors from Losmandy.
If you want to go stepper motor i think the Littlefoot is a good one, as it has many additional features now like DSLR control, focous motor control etc.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 05:12 PM
Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:09 PM